"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
For this week, I am swooning over Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang, which is due for release on January 2011!
Historical YA about ancient China. I really REALLY like the cover for this one. It's just so pretty. :) Also, this one kind of reminds me of Mulan, a movie which I love! ♥ According to early reviews, Daughter of Xanadu provides a historical background both unique, different and interesting. I also like the idea of romance being not just a love triangle, that it'll be something that is a little more in the background, rather than pervading the novel or driving the plot forward.
Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin's determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu.
Marco has no skills in the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still, he charms the Khan with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a different Marco as they travel across 13th-century China, hunting 'dragons' and fighting elephant-back warriors.
Now she faces a different battle as she struggles with her attraction towards Marco and her incredible goal of winning fame as a soldier.
Dori Jones Yang's site
Thanks for visiting my weekly WoW post. 2011 is continuing to look like a promising year in the YA book department. ♥
While you're here...
Check out my early review for BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS by Anna Godbersen!!!